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Its a Global Concern! Paternal Mental Health

Becoming a parent is a transitional time in life – it can feel like everything has changed in a very short space of time. It’s also the time when you need the most support, from colleagues, family and possibly most importantly – from your friends. But a worrying new survey has found that around one in five British men actually lost close friends within a year of becoming a father. New dads with no good friends also struggled more with the inevitable stress brought on by parenthood, according to the Movember Foundation charity.

Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Suicide is a global phenomenon and occurs throughout the lifespan. Effective and evidence-based interventions can be implemented at population, sub-population and individual levels to prevent suicide and suicide attempts. There are indications that for each adult who died by suicide there may have been more than 20 others attempting suicide ( The World Health Organsation )

With over half a million male suicides by the act with so many dying through other ways and never recorded due to the stigma it will bring to their families this is a global concern as many are new fathers not being asked about their mental health, The sad news is that in 2019 The World Health Organisation doesn’t recommend screening of new fathers only mother for their mental health – Mark Williams

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